Margaret Austin, beloved wife of P. Jerry Austin died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 in Woodward after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rex Shores officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Margaret Lee (Miles) Austin was born Dec. 1, 1921 in Little Rock, Ark.; she was the daughter of Ray Francis and Kitty Pearl (Craw) Miles. When she was 13 years old, she became a Seventh-Day Adventist and was a very active member until her illness kept her at home this past year. Margaret graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1938 and then went to Southwestern Union College in Keene, Texas where she took her pre-nursing courses from 1939-1941. It was in Keene, Texas that she met P. Jerry Austin of Woodward County, Okla. They were married in Little Rock, Ark. on Aug. 23, 1941. They had just celebrated their 65th anniversary exactly one week before her death.
Margaret and Jerry Austin traveled east to Melrose, Mass. where they both entered the Nursing School at the then New England Sanitarium and Hospital. Margaret received her Nursing Degree in 1944 and kept current her Nursing Certificate until just recently. Her career in nursing kept her busy working in Melrose, Mass., Baptist Hospital in Little Rock and Lincoln, Neb. at the City Hospital. She and Jerry moved to Los Angeles, Calif. where she worked at the White Memorial Hospital from 1948 until 1958 when she and Jerry and their two children, Dorothy (Dottie) and Kenneth (Ken) moved back to the New England Sanitarium and Hospital to live and work.
In 1959 Margaret underwent brain surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Her determination helped her to return to her nursing career. In 1964 the family moved to San Marcos, Texas where they lived for one year. In 1965 the family moved again, this time to Loma Linda, Calif. where Margaret worked as a Unit Supervisor at Loma Linda University Medical Center until the fall of 1979. In 1979 Margaret moved with her husband Jerry to answer a call to serve in the mission field in Malawi, Africa. They served the mission for six years. When they returned to Loma Linda, Calif., Jerry came to Woodward to build their home while Margaret remained in Loma Linda until the house was built. They moved into their house on the "Austin Farm" in 1989.
Margaret and Jerry met in college through their singing and she always remained very active in church choir and community choirs. They were often called upon for their harmonious duets.
Margaret will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and the unending love she showed to those who knew her. Nana always had an open door for her family.
Margaret is survived by her husband, P. Jerry Austin of Woodward; her daughter, Dorothy Theriault and husband, Gerry of Woodward; her son, Kenneth Austin of Loma Linda, Calif.; three grandchildren, Alice Sales and her husband James of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Amy Quinn and husband Mark, Sr. of Woodward; Wayne Packard of Woodward, Okla. and Vancouver, Wash.; five great grandchildren, Steffan, Johannes and Riley Sales of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Amanda and Jeremiah Quinn of Woodward; one sister, Thelma Louise and husband Harry Bacon of Little Rock, Ark.; one brother, Lynn B. Miles of Little Rock, Ark.; sisters-in-law, Myrta Paph, Leona Austin and Zelpha Bender all of Woodward; twenty-four nieces and nephews, Ruby and Marta, Jerry, Linda, Kenna Lee, Delmar and Connie, Donna, Judi and Terry, Peggy, Jim, Steven and David, Vicki and Ray, Judy, Kaye and Nancy, Bruce, Barbara and Robin, Bob and Sharon.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ray Francis Miles, mother Kitty Pearl Miles Keele, her step-father Edward J. Keele, her brothers, Robert Theodore Miles, Leroy Miles, her brothers-in-law, James Austin, Kenneth Austin, Raymond Paph, her sisters-in-law, Ruby Miles Cunningham, Grace Miles, Wanda Austin and Mary Miles.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to The Voice of Prophecy, P.O. Box 53055, Los Angeles, California 90099-5282 or to the charity of your choice.
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